NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School will hold the 35th annual Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga memorial service at 10 a.m., Oct. 18, 2013 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
The cutter Cuyahoga was on a training cruise for officer candidates when it collided with an Argentine freighter at the mouth of the Potomac in 1978. The cutter capsized and went down with eleven Coast Guardsmen. At the time, the incident was declared the worst peace-time accident in Coast Guard history.
Dr. Peter Eident, who was on the bridge of the cutter Cuyahoga when it went down, will speak at the service. Dr. Eident will give his account of the tragedy and share stories about some of the Coast Guardsmen who gave their lives to their country on that fateful day. A bell will toll for each guardian lost on the cutter Cuyahoga.
The service is open to the public and will be held in the Leamy Hall Ballroom at 10 a.m., Oct. 18, 2013.